Chargers spend to answer CB need

March, 14, 2013
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The San Diego Chargers have made their biggest splash in free agency thus far.

Cox
Late Wednesday night, San Diego agreed on a deal with former Jacksonville cornerback Derek Cox. Cox is considered a solid corner, although he has had some injury issues.

Cox will likely be the Chargers’ No. 1 cornerback -- unless they make another signing or draft someone such as Alabama’s Dee Milliner with the No. 11 overall pick in April. Milliner, though, is expected to be gone by then.

The Chargers’ two starting cornerbacks, Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer, are free agents and not expected back. The team still could be in the market for another cornerback in free agency, but it probably won’t be one as pricey as Cox.

Cox, 26, signed a four-year, $20 million deal -- which qualifies as a pretty big payday thus far from the Chargers, who have been riding under the radar, getting solid but cheaper players. I expect that to continue as San Diego adds to the offensive line and secondary.

But the Cox signing shows how much the team wanted him.

In other AFC West notes:

The word is the Kansas City Chiefs are still considering adding a cornerback in some form.

The New York Jets are reportedly meeting with San Diego pass-rusher Antwan Barnes on Thursday.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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